Copyright 2004

[ September 22nd 2004 ]

Tomb Raider Chronicles all week has been canvassing public opinion on who should replace bee-stung lipped beauty Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft should Paramount Pictures commission a concluding Tomb Raider motion picture, as is being suggested by some factions of the movie-making industry at present. More than 3,000 avid readers cast their vote, and the results have proved somewhat conclusive.

Consuming 46% of the public vote, 19-year-old Keira Knightley - daughter of actor Will Knightley and playwright Sharman Macdonald - appears to be the favourite to don pistols and hot-pants to reprise the role of ardent Tomb Raider Lara Croft, with 31-year-old English rose Kate Beckinsale bringing up the rear with a combined vote of 28%. Other more bizarre suggestions included drag supremo Ru Paul, who curiously racked up 2% of the vote and former Lara Croft model Rhona Mitra, garnering 7% of public opinion.

A source attached to motion picture giant Paramount recently confirmed the studio is still negotiating a third Lara Croft-helmed movie to conclude the trilogy originally touted by director Simon West. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie - who played lead video-game heroine Lara Croft - had already dismissed a concluding picture during an interview in March but reiterated her decision again while in Venice to promote DreamWorks' Shark Tale. "I just don't feel like I need to do another one, because I felt very happy with the last one."

Our readers have spoken. Is Paramount listening...? Only time will tell.

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